Detroit released Gary Sheffield today, eating $14 million in the process. Sheffield leaves the Tigers with 499 career homers. If he clears waivers, he can be signed for the major league minimum. It'll be interesting to see if anyone takes a chance. Sheff was batting .178/.387/.378 in 45 spring ABs and was coming off an injury plagued 2008.
This most likely means Marcus Thames will not be traded and will see the majority of the DH at-bats this year. Thames was struggling this spring, too, but maybe because of the trade rumors. The dude has homered every 13.5 AB over the past 3 seasons, which translates to 44 taters in 600 AB. He will not help with OBP.